July 27, 2015 |
For three decades, the views that Tom and Sue Carroll enjoyed year-round were of Victorian Cape May: sun, sea, sand, and tourists in spring, summer, and fall, and a far quieter scene in winter. As the owners of an inn, the Mainstay, the Carrolls were dedicated to pleasing others, and their lives were defined by dawn-to-dark responsibilities. As Sue explains, they were all about the inn's rhythms. In fact, her 1997 book is titled Breakfast at Nine, Tea at Four . The Carrolls opened the inn in 1971, then moved it to a nearby location in 1976, keeping the name intact.
July 13, 2015 |
Dave Franke and Susan Dardes are outspoken in their enthusiasm for their 1,800-square-foot, glass-and-wood house hidden away on two acres near Doylestown. Franke, an architect who is now a principal with Studio Agoos Lovera, drives 50 miles round trip to his Philadelphia office each day. Despite the commute, his home is "a paradise," he says. After successfully locating the house, which might elude even the best GPS-equipped navigator, a visitor's first view is of a colorful green, red, and white enameled-steel panel attached to a garage at the end of a long driveway.
July 6, 2015 |
As a teenager, Irvin Cohen fondly remembers, he spent many lazy, hazy summer days at a friend's house on Long Beach Island, decades before million-dollar mansions spanned the beaches. "The real growth came after the 1960s," says Irvin, 89, retired founder of the worldwide Construction Fasteners Inc., based in Wyomissing, Berks County. So after he and his wife, Lois, had their son and daughter, they rented houses on LBI for a few years. It was then that they became captivated by a modernist house in Loveladies sitting a few yards from the Atlantic Ocean, all the while imagining it as their own. In a twist of fate, a friend mentioned to them one day that the house was on the market.
June 28, 2015 |
Jen Cohen knew what she wanted: "a house with character. " She and husband Brett liked the family-friendly Wynnewood neighborhood they had lived in for six years, but their 1960s home was a hodgepodge of styles. They were ready for a change, but "there was nothing for sale," Jen says. Then, last year, she saw a Facebook posting by a former neighbor who had moved to Boston. She had been renting out her house and was ready to sell. The Cohens promptly purchased the charming 1928 stone Colonial.
June 21, 2015 |
A stately house of worship, designed in the Gothic style by famed architect Frank Rushmore Watson and built in 1888, was saved by real estate developer Jordan Brody in 2012, just as the wrecking ball was heading for the former Episcopal Church of the Covenant on Girard Avenue in Brewerytown. The stars further aligned for the sandstone neighborhood landmark after Brody bought the building and hired Philadelphia architect Ian Smith. Smith designed a second life for the edifice that includes 16 apartments for rent, some of which are on two floors, with sleeping quarters in the former church loft.
June 14, 2015 |
Don Rossi wanted country living with easy access to major roads. His wife, Marian Rossi, wanted a historic house. It was 1991, and the couple, recently married, were relocating to the Philadelphia area from upstate Pennsylvania for Don's job. So, the two spread out a map, pinned the most desirable areas, and happily settled on what they've christened Terra Sanctum, a circa 19th-century house nestled on a wooded wonderland in Exton. The one-acre property was once part of a larger tract owned by William Penn.
May 31, 2015 |
Artsy. Edgy. Transitional. Distinctive tags describing Old City. But Ted Newbold, who owns a rowhouse here with wife Helen Cunningham, called the area home back when descriptions such as warehouse and fashionable weren't commingled. Newbold, 84, an urban pioneer, is a descendant of Nathan Trotter, founder of Nathan Trotter & Co. Inc., a metal-products company established on Front Street in 1789. In the 1950s, he worked for the firm and lived in Society Hill and on Elfreth's Alley.
May 28, 2015 |
Wednesday marks the 40th anniversary of the Flyers' last Stanley Cup, and many of the players from that 1974-75 team can't believe two things: that four decades have passed since that dramatic 2-0 win in Buffalo, and that the franchise hasn't won another championship. "My God, you look back, and 40 years went just like that ," said Bernie Parent, the Hall of Fame goalie who steered the Flyers to titles in 1974 and 1975. "I tell people don't waste time because it flies by, for sure.
May 24, 2015 |
So passionate is Rick Baldt about the Jersey Shore that he claims to have spent 63 summers there. He's 62, but he counts when he was in utero. His parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents were all seashore lovers. Rick and wife Beth, who live in Moorestown, had never owned their own place, though. Instead, they had rented, almost always in Surf City on Long Beach Island. Beth Baldt, a speech pathologist, and Rick, a retired executive for an industrial-equipment company, were hoping to buy a Shore house at last.
May 14, 2015 |
Merion Mercy Academy delivered the first major upset of the District 1 girls' lacrosse playoffs. Behind seven goals and two assists from Caroline Corzel, the No. 22-seeded Golden Bears won at No. 11 Strath Haven, 12-10. Caroline Steller scored two goals and assisted on two others. Jackie Benedict had a goal and an assist. Lauren Thomas made nine saves. Suzanna Penikis led Strath Haven with four goals and an assist. Nicole McNeely had three. In other District 1 playoff action: Garnet Valley 16, North Penn 6 - Kamryn McNeal scored five goals and assisted on another, and the host Patriots, the No. 7 seed, cruised.